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691  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFTA2 on: June 20, 2008, 09:11:00 PM
I tried the first just a bit ago and gave up on it because while I enjoyed building up characters and such the game I was building them up in just wasn't very good.(Not even counting the horrible story and judge system. I knew those were faults before hand and accepted them before playing)

 Looking up info on the sequel I wasn't impressed. Not much new on existing jobs and in fact some were dumbed down to make 'new' ones. Green mage is a 'new' class that can cast things like protect and shell. And white mages can't cast protect and shell anymore. Things like that can be overlooked if they make a much better game, but doing that in the first place doesn't give me a ton of faith that they're making a good game.

 I'll have to see what people say about it. Can't really trust reviews too much because it has final fantasy in the name and because portables are held at a lower standard.
692  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 15, 2008, 05:16:31 AM
It feels like blind patriotism to support the 360. It's like an American car in the 70s. Fast but unreliable and prone to breakdown.

I don't even have a 360. So it's without bias when I say ps3 failed. I don't have a current gen console. I waited for ps3 to go down to a reasonable price and to start to succeed. Neither happened. I play WoW, DS and RPGs for the PS2, which still come out because RPG companies won't commit to a current console.

 Eventually though, I imagine I'll get a 360 and perhaps a wii as well along with a huge backlog. I guess I'm waiting for SE to put the nail in the coffin and announce FF13 as multi platform. If they stay exclusive PS3 it could actually turn the tide and others would follow, but I don't see that happening.
693  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 14, 2008, 06:58:36 PM
Can't really blame them, PS3 is a huge failure.

 What you can blame them for is the SO3 plot twist. It's difficult to make a plot twist so bad it kills the series forever, but they did. It's like if you were watching spider-man or something and he takes off his mask and says 'I'm Tobey Maguire and I'm just playing Spider-Man. None of this is real, it's just movie based on a comic for kids. What are you, stupid?'

Fuck Star Ocean.
694  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IV had limited exposure!!! on: June 14, 2008, 04:26:58 PM
That's because Legendia hit it with a truck.

I swear, I almost didn't play abyss because of legendia. I knew it was worst than other tales and not made by the usual team, yet still it made me question if I had bad tastes liking the series in the first place. Fortunately a few months after abyss came out I decided to give it a chance since people had good things to say about it. And I was glad I did.
695  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Unoriginal Topic: Favorite Battle System on: June 14, 2008, 06:25:17 AM
I'm hopping on the press turn bandwagon. Play well, you dominate. Auto pilot and you're dead. Very refreshing when most rpgs are balanced around you being 7.

 Dark Cloud was simple yet fun. And if you got bored you could always get jump on your mech. The games long to a fault(Or perhaps to my fault, for getting to into building weapons up) and I never actually beat the thing, but I tend to dig the game out every year or so.

 Chrono Trigger was great way back. You didn't just pick your party members for what they could do, you picked them for what they could do as a team. Combination attacks have been done since CT, but they've always been a side dish where in CT they were the main course.

Fire Emblem has the second best SRPG battle system because you can't ressurect characters.

FE games are the only ones that have been able to pull off real death for me. Unless it's like, my only healer or something, if someone dies I play a violin and a single tear runs down my face and I move on. Any other game and it's pointless. Someone dies and it's time to hit the reset button. Maybe it's because there's huge casts and you don't put as much into your characters as far as customization goes. Calvary dies? Another one will come along. May or may not have as good stats, but he'll get the job done.
696  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Solid Script... on: June 13, 2008, 02:20:43 AM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
Final Fantasy Tactics.

Yellow flamingo exploding heavenly grapefruit burst! Bury! Steady sword!
697  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IV had limited exposure!!! on: June 12, 2008, 06:51:54 PM
Written preview aside, check those videos out. Those just sold the game for me.
698  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: June 10, 2008, 04:33:02 AM
Gave FF tactics advance a try. Judge system and story suck, but those were flaws I knew about and accepted before I played.

 I like building up my characters and the whole clan thing. But it's like the game whispers to me 'You're putting effort into a game that's not very good'. It does this by displaying advanced battle tactics like white mages running to the front lines and meleeing me for 1 damage. Which is bad AI even before you take counter attack into account.

 Eh, I've liked games I've acknowledged as bad before. SMT:Kuzonoha raidou for example. Clunky, repetitive and your cat holds your hand through the whole story. But the game had style. FFTA doesn't have style, but it has a class system that I'm a sucker for. Still, I'm leaning against continuing it and just digging out the original to get my fix.
699  The Rest / General Discussions / Your Bookmarks on: June 06, 2008, 02:23:52 PM
Google, for some unknown reason since it's my default browser search engine.

RPG fan.

http://www.somethingawful.com -Really just in it for the usually entertaining weekly photoshops.

http://ffxi.killvoid.com/ -Old ffxi site that's still on the list for some reason even though I don't play. Still curiosity brings me in there every few months to see how the games changing. The halfhearted attempts SE makes generally amuse me. Moogles in selbina? People have only been asking for them since the game came out years ago. Why bother listening now that everyone's left?

Some torrent sites I probably shouldn't link :P

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com (The forums indeed being a hive of scum and villainy. And trolls. Lots of trolls.), along with some wow related sites like http://www.wowhead.com/

I usually have a gamefaqs page bookmarked to whatever game I currently or most recently used it for. Right now it's http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/game/582958.html since I'm replaying nocturne. I try not to use walkthroughs on games if I can help it, but I like looking up abilities and such as well as mechanics of how things work. If a game has a vague ability like 'increases damage with swords' or 'occasionally counter opponents attacks' that's not enough for me. I want a percent, and that's what gamefaqs is for :P


Also a folder filled with comic links, but we already have threads on those pop up every few months so I'll spare you.
700  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Who watch Bleach? on: May 31, 2008, 11:02:37 PM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Except y'know, both of those shows were pretty good. :P

I'd say bleach is better than Yu Yu Hakusho(Although to it's credit I doubt bleach would even exist if not for YYH for some basic plot foundation stealing). The problem with YYH is it played the fighting tournament card and it went on for like 3/4ths of the series. I mean, I did enjoy the show, but doing that wasted a lot of it's potential.
701  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Secret of Evermore on: May 20, 2008, 02:51:45 AM
The game wasn't all that great as it was basically just a endorsed SoM ripoff. Cool setting and music stopped it from being bad though.
702  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Who watch Bleach? on: May 16, 2008, 11:48:35 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
It's alright. I follow it on Adult Swim though and that means the filler arc will be on.

And for the sub watchers..filler arc #2 just started :P Japan needs to stop making unfinished manga into anime.
703  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Age of Conan promises revolutionary new feature! on: May 15, 2008, 06:31:00 AM
Quote from: "Daggerstrike"
Quote from: "valentine08"
definitely gonna try this game

Thanks for bringing back a thread that is over 7 months dead for that little bit of insight. Bravo.

To be fair, with just two semi active posts it was probably still near the top of the first page.
704  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: May 01, 2008, 01:41:41 PM
I read Blade of the Immortal. Incredible for quite awhile. Then it kills itself by running into a brick wall of bad pacing with merely a 'ok' story that goes on far, far longer than it has a right to.
705  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Death Note sucks on: April 15, 2008, 06:20:28 AM
I'm also becoming a little bored with the story. It seemed like Light had won and the story was almost over and then more drama.

Although I don't know if it's true I've heard people say the death of L was supposed to be the end of the series and the author just got roped into continuing it. It'd certainly make sense given the decline in quality. Not just with Near and Mello being crappy(Though they were), but killing people just became par for course. No drama or shock value to it. Or rather, you're pretty much desensitized to by this point.

Although I loved Light flipping out at the very end, it should have ended with L.
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